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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Meteor shower to be live-streamed

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department (LCSD) announced today that the Hong Kong Space Museum will live-stream a Geminid meteor shower from 9pm to 11pm on December 14 via its YouTube channel and LCSD Plusss Facebook page.


The shower is predicted to be one of this year’s most spectacular astronomical phenomena. It is estimated that during its peak, at 3am on December 15, its zenithal hourly rate may reach 150, the highest among the many meteor showers this year.


The Space Museum will instruct viewers on ways to observe the shower, and provide relevant astronomical knowledge, during the live-streaming presentation.


During a meteor shower, meteors appear to emanate from a point, or radiant, in the night sky. The radiant of the Geminid meteor shower will rise in the northeast at about 7.30pm, and the number of meteors will increase as the radiant rises higher in the sky.


As the shower is occurring on around the second and third day of the lunar month, the influence of moonlight will be negligible, resulting in favourable observation conditions. People are advised to observe the shower at a site with a wide field of view and minimal light pollution.

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